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Smoked chocolate chip s'more cookies

I'm so one of those girls who work out on the weekend so I can eat really bad on the weekend. And  the other weekend I had a friend to help me indulge! We decided on smoked chocolate chip s'more cookies. You are going to love this recipe. If you like smoked, chocolatey S'mores, this cookie is for you. And baking around my house now involves Jace. Pretty sure we took more pictures of him than we did of the actual steps of the recipe, ha. I just know he's going to love food as much as me. What a sweetie.  I really couldn't have asked for a better Saturday afternoon. Baking outside, with my bestie and son? And then I got to eat fresh out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies after? Amazing day in my books.



{Jace face hanging with the ladies}


{Best bib ever. Foxes on mint?! Love}







{Baking sure is tiring}




 And just when you think you're getting some great food shots, your 9-year lhasa apso decides to take a pee right in the camera's view {lol}. Nice, Lucy.
Now, here's the recipe!!

Smoked Chocolate Chip S'more Cookies

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (from about 7-8 whole crackers)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of Hot Cakes' smoked chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows 
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper {always a must in my book!}.
In a medium bowl, whisk the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets {I use a cookie dough scooper}, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes (I did 1 tray at a time), then remove from the oven. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Eat right out of the oven for the best flavor, with milk of course. 

Tahoe Gal


One of the little things I planned for us while on the North shore of Tahoe, was a boat ride on Tahoe Gal! It was the most beautiful afternoon for a happy hour cruise.  Little boy did so great, and we all had fun staring out onto the lake.  The pictures will say the rest.

{yeah, yeah, you have big muscles. We get it.}




{jace face!}





{my flinstone feet}








Our angel


Found this picture in my camera reel and was enchanted. Look at the light coming down on Jace's head. This was taken on Father's Day at his dedication at our church. Makes me think God was blessing our little angel when we were. Thank you, God.

Hidden beach at Lake Tahoe


Hi friends! Long time no talk. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. We sure did, and just got back from Lake Tahoe.  I already want to go back, back to where the water is aqua and teal and blue and beautiful. Reminds me of the water in Oia or Capri. It's breathtaking. Makes you want to jump in, swim to the other side or just drink a cold glass of water.  Ha. The water wasn't freezing either, just what every lake temp is that I've been in. Warmer than the ocean up here, that's for sure. We met up with my family and stayed 4 days in a darling little lake house rental {thanks, Airbnb!}. Our rental was walking distance to King's Beach, fireworks and lake excursions. I definitely recommend paddle boarding at this beach. Amazing and very easy. Except, a small wave came up fast and I freaked and about did a cartwheel, flopping off my board. Now, THAT'S a cold water plunge! On our last day, before we made the long drive home, Rob and I stopped at Hidden Beach, a little beach south of Incline Village {on the Nevada side}. Yes, I read about it in Sunset Magazine and was determined to hit up one spot mentioned in last year's Tahoe issue. It was a little hard to get to {a 20-min walk if you don't find close parking}, but worth it {if you don't have a baby to backpack around}. . . definitely one of those coves you'd want to park your boat for awhile. Great for snorkeling and adventures with your doggies. Not as family-friendly {by that I mean baby-friendly}. But we like a challenge and sweated our way to and from it. Whatever. Jace did great though and slept in the Ergo. The pictures alone were worth our time. Lake Tahoe did not disappoint. And I think it wowed my family just as much as it wowed us again. More pictures to come!





I'm still here

In case you're wondering, I'm still here. Just spending a lot of time with all of our visitors, who we love so much! For now, look at my son. And his delicious rolls ;)